Name: Landon Jones
Hometown: Poplar Bluff, MO
Academic Major(s): Broadcast Journalism – Television Production; English
- What is your favorite Mizzou memory?
My favorite Mizzou memory is Homecoming during my first year. In high school, my parents never ever got along. My high school graduation was a disaster because they couldn’t even be in the same room as each other. When I found out they were both coming to my FIRST Mizzou Homecoming, I was worried they were going to ruin that for me too, but for once in my life everyone got along and I got to show them the campus I had fallen in love with, the friends I had made, and the home I had secured in Columbia from getting involved with new things. It was awesome to have them appreciate me and my new experiences!
- Who would you say is/are your role model(s)? Why?
My role model is most definitely, Rory Gilmore of the infamous Gilmore Girls. Not only is she a journalist who is confident in the work she can produce, but she is also unapologetic about her family and less than idealistic past. For many years, I was embarrassed of my family and family life at home, but I learned from Rory that family and life circumstances aren’t something you can choose, but you can use your unique experiences to influence, encourage, and empathize with others.
- What quote do you live by?
ANYTHING THAT IS WORTH DOING IS WORTH OVERDOING !!!!
- What excites you the most about being a 2016 Summer Welcome Leader?
I am most excited about getting students to break out of their shells and be weird! College is a great time to reinvent yourself, show your true colors, and try new things – and I want my students to realize that there is beauty in being unique.
- How do you make Mizzou your home?
I make Mizzou my home by being present, by listening to my peers and in turn learning from them. It’s incredible that so many individuals from so many backgrounds and walks of life are in one spot all striving for the same goal – a diploma from the University of Missouri. And of course finding shared experiences and similarities across identities and communities can make Mizzou start to feel like a family. Our campus isn’t perfect but when students come together to support each other it starts to feel like home.
- What is your favorite spot on campus? Why?
My favorite spot on campus is Mark Twain Residence Hall. I automatically feel connected to anyone who has lived in Mark Twain because it is a unique experience in itself. Because it so secluded on the Northwest side of campus, Mark Twain residents quickly become a family. We always ate together and made the trek back onto campus together. Living in Mark Twain was one of the greatest things about my Mizzou experience.